What am I talking about when I say, “total body movements”? As the phrase implies, the whole body is involved in the movements. What you probably didn’t know is some of the most basic exercises are considered total body movements. For instance, the deadlift is a great total body exercise that includes, lower body, core, and upper body engagement and work. If you’ve been well instructed on how to properly do a deadlift, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.